Monday, August 25, 2014

In-studio with Edelman and Jones

I filled in as host of the WEEI 93.7 FM mid-day show on Monday, and both Julian Edelman and Chandler Jones stopped by our Gillette Stadium studio to talk with me and former Patriot Christian Fauria

Listen to our conversation with Edelman.
-When asked about this year's preseason, Edelman said: "I mean, yeah, it's probably the most confident I've ever been."
-He also discussed Tom Brady's motivation this season, even off the field: "We'll be playing a cornhole game in the locker room, and this guy is trying to win and is the most competitive guy over a gentleman's bet. That's Tom. He wants to go out and he wants to do the best he can every time. That's what a leader does. It becomes contagious, and it makes other guys want to do the same thing."

Listen to our conversation with Chandler Jones.
-Jones acknowledged that he wants to increase his sack total in 2014. But we tried to get an exact number out of him.

You can also go to WEEI.com to hear our "Three For All" segment, in which we discuss the VMA's Mustard-drinking, and shots intended for Justin Bieber.

Friday, August 01, 2014

What just happened?

Not even a full calendar year after leading the Red Sox to a World Series championship, Jon Lester and John Lackey were both shipped out of town before Thursday's trade deadline

On Friday's podcast, I reacted to all of Boston's moves, and dissected Ben Cherington's press conference comments about the team's attempted contract discussions with Lester.

Put it this way, I'm not exactly taking Lester's side.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

So long, Jon

Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes were traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes on Thursday, landing Boston a power-hitting outfielder, but making the A's a Major League powerhouse

In a vacuum, adding Cespedes to the middle of your lineup is a special acquisition. But if it means not coming to terms with your ace, then perhaps it shouldn't be celebrated.

The Red Sox traded away their ace in Lester, and while adding a damn good player, it confirms the harsh reality that Lester and the Sox just couldn't agree on a contract extension.

Don't get me wrong, I like Cespedes. But I would have preferred to re-sign Lester.

Some think that will still be possible this offseason. I think it's too good to be true.

On Thursday's podcast, I reacted to the Lester trade, as well as applauding Gomes for succeeding in a role that's tough to find.

(Note: Thursday's podcast was recorded before John Lackey was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals)

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hometown discount?

It seems like it was just yesterday that Jon Lester publicly announced his willingness to "leave money on the table" in order to stay in Boston, but with a trade now seemingly inevitable, one has to wonder just how much the Red Sox' ace was actually asking for

If Lester is traded before Thursday's July 31 deadline, then make no mistake about it, Red Sox ownership will take some serious heat.

In fact, they're already taking it.

But to be fair, as of Wednesday morning, we don't actually know any of the final numbers that were thrown around in the negotiation room . . . from either side.

All this talk about the Red Sox "not willing to match the market value for Lester" doesn't hold much weight to me, when, not too long ago, Lester publicly -- and almost emphatically -- said he would take less than his market value.

So what changed? And could Lester be getting off easy?

I discussed on Wednesday's podcast, and Providence Journal Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joined me.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Trade Lester?

The closer we get to Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, the more Jon Lester trade rumors we are going to hear, but now that the Red Sox have officially given up on 2014, there's no reason to "table" contract talks any longer

On Monday's podcast, I reacted to some of the Lester trade rumors while staying confident that there's still time to get an extension done to keep him in Boston.

Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi joined the show to talk Red Sox, as well as New England Patriots training camp.

Plus, my reaction to Joe Torre forgetting to thank George Steinbrenner in his 28-minute MLB Hall-of-Fame induction speech.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

It's over

The Red Sox returned from the All-Star break to sweep the Kansas City Royals, but then collapsed against divisional rivals, essentially crushing any hope for a playoff appearance

On WEEI 93.7 FM Saturday, I finally gave up on the 2014 Boston Red Sox. Listen here.

Also, Barstool Sports' Jerry Thornton joined me in-studio and we looked back at the first few days of New England Patriots training camp. Listen here.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Stanton to the Sox?

Giancarlo Stanton isn't going anywhere before this year's trade deadline, but come the offseason, expect the Boston Red Sox to be in the mix if he is made available

We've all thought of him. But how realistic is it? A little more realistic than you think.

As I said on WEEI 93.7 FM over the weekend, and again on Monday's podcast: Red Sox sources tell me they believe they're one of only a few teams in Major League Baseball that have the prospects to make a Stanton trade happen, if he is made available this winter.

That doesn't seem like earth-shattering news to anybody who is familiar with Boston's farm system. But, it's now clear that Stanton is being considered -- within the Red Sox organization -- as a realistic acquisition this offseason, if the Marlins would actually be willing to move him. So much so, that the Sox believe they'd be one of the favorites to land Stanton.

I went into some more detail on Monday's podcast.

Also, ESPN-Boston's Joe McDonald joined me to discuss the Red Sox' playoff hopes after winning seven-of-eight and sweeping the Kansas City Royals. We also tried to predict Ben Cherington's mindset entering the July 31 trade deadline.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jeter's Farewell

It was "Derek Jeter Night" in Minnesota on Tuesday, and as he tipped his All-Star cap one last time at the Midsummer Classic, we now look to crown a new "face" of Major League Baseball

When Jeter is all done after this season, who will be the face to represent the game? My guess is Giancarlo Stanton. But he'll have to play in a major baseball market like, let's say, Boston or New York.

On Wednesday's podcast, I didn't rule out that type of major trade. Hey, the Marlins have done it before.

Also, what's up with Adam Wainwright's comments during the All-Star Game?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LeBron goes home

LeBron James' decision to return to Cleveland is a great story for the NBA, but it also affects Kevin Love's trade market

Comcast SportsNet NBA insider A. Sherrod Blakely joined me on Tuesday's podcast to discuss LeBron's decision and to look ahead at what it means for Love.

And also, what it means for the Boston Celtics.

Plus, I reacted to the MLB All-Star festivities, and took a look at where the Boston Red Sox currently stand at the break.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Talkin' LeBron on Comcast SportsNet



I joined Mike Felger, Bob Neumeier, and Dan Shaughnessy on Comcast SportsNet, Thursday night, and we discussed the LeBron James saga, before he made his decision to go back to Cleveland

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Something in the works?

The Boston Celtics have signed Avery Bradley to a four-year, $32 million deal, and it seems a little crazy, unless it's just the first shoe to drop on something a whole lot bigger

Hearing reports that the C's are "relentless" in their pursuit of Kevin Love, Bradley's new contract might have more to do with matching salaries with a certain player in a potential trade.

That player is 31-year-old guard Kevin Martin, who signed a four-year, $28 million deal last summer with the Minnesota Timberwolves. If the 'Wolves are going to pay $7-8 million a year for a guard, why not pay that money to a 23-year-old Bradley instead of a 31-year-old Martin who dealt with a foot injury at the end of last season?

And why not make Bradley part of a package that could send Love to Boston?

It's my theory. And I'm sticking to it. To me, there's more to Bradley's contract than meets the eye.

On Monday's podcast, Comcast SportsNet New England columnist Rich Levine joined me to discuss the Celtics' offseason so far, and to take a look at other NBA news.

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Break up the band

The Red Sox were swept by the lowly Chicago Cubs at Fenway, and now, general manager Ben Cherington has no choice but to do something to send a message to his team

Get rid of Jake Peavy. That sends a message, because, Peavy is "one of the boys." And while getting rid of one of the boys may not be a popular decision, it would certainly show that Cherington means business.

It also would show his commitment to Rubby De La Rosa, a young pitcher who has been more encouraging than Peavy over the last month.

Break up the band. Send a message. Give another young arm a permanent spot in the rotation.

Right now, that's the least that Cherington can do to give his team a kick in the behind.

On Thursday's podcast (the last podcast of the holiday week), I called for this move to be made. I also discussed the Bruins' offseason and the Celtics signing Avery Bradley to a ridiculous contract.

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